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More than just Muppets

Henson with some puppets, including an early version of Kermit The Frog
Henson with some puppets, including an early version of Kermit The Frog

Jim Henson was an innovator in the art of storytelling, and his most famous creatures — “The Muppets” — are an important part of film and television history. Of course, his work on “Sesame Street” influenced the lives of children for the past 5 decades.

Interesting fact: the puppeteer Caroll Spinney who created and acts Big Bird is an alum of the Lesley University College of Art & Design — which was called the Practical School of Art & Design before it was the Art Institute of Boston.

Before he was famous as a Muppeteer, though, Jim Henson was also an experimental filmmaker. Recently, a wonderful (and award-winning) short film from 1965 popped up on YouTube. Check out Jim Henson’s “Time Piece,” one of his best films ever!